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Georgia’s other Russian-style law fuels bitter culture war – POLITICO

“We supported and protected the rights of all minorities – ethnic, religious and sexual – during our term,” said Petre Tsiskarishvili, a member of the United National Movement party and a minister in the previous Georgian government. “While the Georgian Dream needs and wants polarization for its own political gains.”

According to a 2022 poll, four in five Georgians support banning gay people from education jobs, while 53% believe LGBT+ people should be banned from organizing public events. Compared to previous years, attitudes have become more liberal – but that was before the party came to power. The media and political campaign to demonize the community was in full swing.

Leading political figures from the Georgian Dream joined clergy and others to celebrate “Family Purity Day” in Tbilisi on Friday. Former AC Milan footballer Kakha Kaladze, now mayor of Tbilisi, was among them, after accusing anti-government protesters of beating their own fellow demonstrators and praising the police. His office told POLITICO he was too busy to discuss the legislation or the crackdown on activists, but Kaladze has previously called the EU’s calls to scrap the bill “shameful.” . According to him, “LGBT propaganda” constitutes “a direct threat to our future generations”.

In December, the European Commission granted Georgia EU candidate status, giving the Georgian Dream a major political victory at home, despite its apparent failure to meet the criteria necessary for its candidacy to move forward. ‘Before. Among the 12 key priorities set out are strengthening “the protection of human rights, including by implementing an ambitious human rights strategy and guaranteeing freedom of assembly and expression”.

In December, the European Commission granted Georgia EU candidate status, giving the Georgian Dream a major political victory at home, despite its apparent failure to meet the criteria necessary for its candidacy to move forward. ‘Before. | Giorgi Arjevandize/AFP via Getty Images

The proposed anti-LGBTQ+ law would obviously go against these commitments. And yet, while the EU was quick to condemn the controversial “foreign agents” legislation, the adoption of measures targeting sexual and gender identity has faced less intense criticism. That’s likely because any opposition from abroad will be used as evidence of foreign interference, say those most affected by the law.

“The Georgian Dream narrative suggests that the West is encouraging what they call ‘pseudo-liberal ideology’ and LGBTQ propaganda,” said Pride activist Tavadze, “when in reality the EU and the initiatives she supports simply help queer people get their rights. fair rights. Any support expressed by the EU is exploited by the Georgian Dream and amplified by a propaganda machine.”

“Homosexuals exist in Georgia; we are Georgians, we are patriots and we love Georgia, even if it gets more and more difficult.”

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Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe. Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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